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American Idol's Kimberly Caldwell's Workout and Playlist

American Idol's Kimberly Caldwell

American Idol's Kimberly Caldwell enjoys running, circuit training and ab work. (Photo by Carly Marino)

Kimberly Caldwell made her mark as a top 10 finisher during season two of the popular FOX reality show American Idol. Since the show, Kimberly has kept busy with touring and numerous TV hosting gigs. In just a couple of weeks, she'll be releasing her debut album! Kimberly dropped 20 pounds a few years ago and has since made fitness and wellness a priority, even though she often struggles to find time for it (just like us!). Why is exercise non-negotiable? "It not only helps with my stage performance, but also with stress and anxiety," Kimberly says. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak into Kimberly's exercise diary, and of course couldn't resist asking what's on her workout playlist.

  • "I try to make it to the gym at least three to five times each week. When I'm home, I exercise with my trainer Carly Marino, but on the road, I'm usually limited to a solo trip to the hotel gym."
  • "I warm-up on the treadmill with a 10-minute mile, then move on to cardio blasts, which are always different (think jumping jacks, high knees, medicine ball tosses and shuffles across the floor). My heart rate stays high during three or four circuits of 20-25 reps of these exercises."
  • "Along with the cardio moves, I use 5- to 8-pound dumbbells for squats, lunges, biceps curls, shoulder presses and chest flies. Again, I aim for high reps."
  • "For my abs, I use the big bouncy ball (which used to be my enemy) for crunches. I usually fit in about 100 to 200 sit-ups per session."
  • "Then I jump back on the treadmill or elliptical for 20 to 30 minutes so I end up completing about three to four miles. And I finish wil a good long stretch and a pat on the back! Total workout time? A little over 90 minutes."
Without Regret is available on April 19.

Without Regret is available on April 19.

Kimberly's 60-Minute Workout Playlist

  • "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," C+C Music Factory
  • "Start Me Up," The Rolling Stones
  • "Evacuate the Dancefloor," Cascada
  • "...Baby One More Time," Britney Spears
  • "Physical," Olivia Newton John
  • "Shoop," Salt-n-Pepa
  • "Ray of Light," Madonna
  • "Fighter," Christina Aguilera
  • "Forget You," Cee Lo Green
  • "Desperate Girls and Stupid Boys," Kimberly Caldwell
  • "Party in the U.S.A.," Miley Cyrus
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," Beyonce
  • "Pour Some Sugar On Me," Def Leopard
  • "Beat It," Michael Jackson
  • "Surrender," Cheap Trick

Now tell us: Do you think you could keep up with Kimberly's workout regimen?